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Here are some eye-opening figures about motorcycle accidents

Inherent to the act of riding a motorcycle is risk. You are taking a greater risk by being on a motorcycle than you would if you were in a car. Now, this doesn't mean that people who ride a motorcycle have a "death wish" or that they are some daredevil or social rebel. To the contrary, most motorcycle riders are safe, good people -- they just prefer using a motorcycle as their mode of transportation.

But the risk inherent to motorcycle riding is always there, and some statistics will shed some light on just how great that risk is. Data from 2013 shows that motorcycle fatalities fell by 6.4 percent from 2012. Still, 4,668 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2013. A further 88,000 people suffered injuries in motorcycle accidents in 2013.

What you should do in the wake of a dog bite or animal attack

Dogs are man's best friend, as the saying goes. And for the most part, this is true. Many people own dogs and most of these dogs are kind and loving. They aren't frightened by other people or attack other people. But there is a minority in this group of animals that are vicious, and they end up hurting innocent people.

The injuries these people suffer as a result of the dog attack can be catastrophic, or even fatal. Granted, some of these injuries can be minor in nature, but that doesn’t mean they are any less severe. Dog bites can leave terrible scarring and even permanently damage limbs.

Car strikes 2 pedestrians, dealing them serious injuries

A father and his son were seriously injured recently while they were trying to cross the street. A car that stopped at the intersection then tried to get through it, but not before the vehicle struck the 28-year-old father and his 6-year-old son. Thankfully, neither person appears to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

It also appears that this pedestrian accident truly was an "accident." The driver that struck the father and son stopped after the accident and tried to help. The driver cooperated with police and it does not appear that the woman is suspected of driving under the influence or driving recklessly.

Your insurance company: an essential part after an accident

Imagine for a moment that you are driving down the road and you get hit by another car. In that moment, you aren't entirely sure who's fault it is that the accident occurred -- and to be honest, it shouldn't entirely matter. You and the other people involved in the wreck need to worry about your health and well-being. 

But in the wake of that accident, you will have to handle a lot of logistical and legal processes. For example, you will have to deal with your car insurance provider and potentially the car insurance providers of other people. When you are dealing with these companies, there are some important steps that you need to take.

Surgical mistakes can cause significant patient harm

A number of people in California and across the country who go in for surgical procedures may leave the operating room with more than they bargained for. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that at least 4,000 incidents involving surgical errors occur each year in the United States. However, some believe this number to be significantly low as there are many errors that go unreported or undetected, according to Medical News Today. This form of medical malpractice continues to occur and many people suffer from severe and sometimes fatal injuries as a result.

There are several types of surgical errors that can happen before, during and after a procedure. American Medical News reported that physicians may perform the wrong surgery on the wrong patient if proper protocol is not followed prior to the procedure. Surgeons also run the risk of performing wrong-site surgery, or operating on the wrong body part. Surprisingly, incidents occur where members of the surgical staff fail to account for all of the surgical instruments used in the procedure, and may leave a foreign object inside the patient after the procedure is competed. This can lead to massive infections.

The signs a dog gives before a bite

It is estimated that every day in the United States, 1,000 people receive dog bites that are severe enough to require emergency medical care, according to A typical stay in the hospital for injuries related to a dog bite may be as much as $18,200. To protect themselves from unnecessary medical costs, as well as the emotional pain and physical suffering that are associated with a bite, people should educate themselves and their families on the signs a dog gives before a bite occurs.

The most obvious sign is the verbal warnings that a dog makes. While most dogs will bark when they are excited, Hartz states that a bark or growl that takes on a menacing or deep tone is a warning that the dog will bite. Another clear sign is the dog’s behavior. Aggressive dogs who try to nip, mouth items, lunge against other people or strike things with their nose are sending a message that a bite is next.

What to do after a hit and run accident?

Any Californian who has been involved in a hit and run incident may not know what to do in the aftermath. There are several steps that would be beneficial for a person to take if they are able to do so.

Any victim of a hit and run incident is suggested to collect as much information as possible. This will help authorities get a clear picture of what happened and can help someone catch the perpetrator in court. Useful information that should be collected includes the color, make and model of the car that fled the scene. If the person can see the plate number, that is crucial information. Details about the scene of the accident should be collected as well, including when and where the accident occurred. Pictures should be taken of the scene and of any damage, if possible. If any witnesses saw the accident, their accounts could also help.

Getting compensation for wrongful death

Dealing with an accident that has led to the death of a loved one may be one of the most difficult things that you will ever have to deal with. At Nield Law Group, APC, we understand this and would like to help you gain compensation and some closure for any possible tragic accident that may have occurred.

Wrongful death charges can be made in any case that involves an accident or a situation in which one party’s negligence is responsible for the lethal injury of another. This can include many different types of accidents, such as bicycle, motorcycle, trucking or pedestrian accidents. It can also include hit and run accidents, as well as passenger injuries. Other categories can include surgical errors or birth errors. Medical malpractice cases that lead to death can also be taken to court. Dog bite accidents that result in the death of a loved one can count as well.

In the aftermath of medical malpractice

Adherence to a reasonable standard of care is one thing that doctors and dentists alike must stick to. If you have faced personal damages because a doctor or dentist has not adhered to these standards, you may wish to seek compensation. Here at Nield Law Group, APC, we understand your frustration and wish to help you through this difficult time.

There are many different types of injuries that can fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice. This is due to the fact that medical malpractice is generally defined as a practitioner not meeting a reasonable standard of care and causing harm or injury because of it.

Dog attacks boy while away from owners

Dog bites are a very serious issue no matter how many parties are involved or how the bite came into being. In San Diego, there are several laws in place that hold owners accountable for their dogs if their dogs deliver injury to another person. This holds true in most places.

For example, one case involves a boy who ended up with serious “soft tissue injuries” to the face after being attacked by a dog in his own home. The dog is believed to be a pit bull mix, and he did not belong to the family of the boy. Because of this, several people are facing charges for the potential damage. These charges could run upwards of $10,000 in fines, depending on the court decision.